IN PRISONS & JAILS
Research from Baylor University
and American Bible Society
CAN GOD’S WORD REACH HEARTS IN JAIL?
In this study, 86% of participants had experienced at least one type of traumatic event. Indicators of trauma include complicated grief, depression, anxiety, aggression, and suicidal ideation. Trauma deteriorates our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and is often one of the biggest barriers between hurting hearts and God.
Bible-based trauma healing guides people toward long-term restoration by combining mental health best practices and biblical truths. For this study, 349 inmates participated in five-day trauma healing groups led by trained volunteers from the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry (GNJPM), a trusted partner of American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing Ministry. Three months after the program’s completion, participants continued to exhibit positive results.
Bible-based trauma healing group participants experienced decreased PTSD after the trauma healing program.
Bible-based trauma healing group participants experienced improved emotional health, exhibiting increased forgiveness and compassion.
Information on trauma and mental health crises in jails and prisons
Historical overview of faith and volunteerism in America
The role of religion in prevention and rehabilitation efforts
Overview of American Bible Society’s Trauma Healing program for inmates
Methodology, research questions, and findings
Implications for justice system reform
American Bible Society's Bible-based Trauma Healing program helps people explore their heart wounds and heal from the pain of trauma. Want to get involved? Join hundreds of churches and partner organizations, both domestically and internationally, in leading those who are suffering on a journey of healing.
In 2019, American Bible Society and Barna Group investigated Trauma in America and found that millions of Americans face suffering every day. Often they suffer in silence, but for many, the Church offers hope and healing.
Provide God’s Word to people suffering from extreme trauma where it’s needed most. Support Bible-based trauma healing and equip victims of tragedies to take their pain to the cross as they encounter God’s Word. Bible-based trauma healing may be the greatest mission field of our time as we see many giving their lives to Christ.